William 'Bill' Benjamin Young
Maggie Valley — William “Bill” Benjamin Young, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his residence.
Bill was born in Wichita, Kansas Jan. 30, 1929, and was placed in an orphanage. Ernest W. Young and Florence B. Young adopted Bill as an infant.
Bill dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine at the end of World War II. He returned to Kansas to finish high school and then joined the U.S. Air Force. He was enlisted for seven years and then received a peacetime direct commission. Bill attended pilot training and flew several aircraft including the B-25, B-47, C-45 and C-47. He attended night school during his military career and received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Upon retirement, Bill worked in education and attended Ohio State University where he received a Ph.D. in psychology and education. Bill taught at four universities and several public schools before retiring from Broward County, Florida schools at the age of 70.
Bill married Patricia S. “Patsy” Reber, a teacher, in 1974. Patsy retired as an ESE specialist from Florida schools in 2010.
Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynda, age 63. He is succeeded by his wife, Patsy; his two sons, David and Timothy; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Bill and Patsy moved to Maggie Valley in January 2013.
Garrett Funerals and Cremations is locally caring for the Young family.